Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

South Florida tailback Mike Ford had a disappointing 2008 season. He had a high ankle sprain in the first game and was never the same. Now, Alan Dell writes in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Ford has dropped 20 pounds and is hoping for a bounce-back year.

"It was very frustrating last year. I never had an injury that lasted so long. The most I ever missed was a game or two and then I would be right back," Ford said.

"This year, I feel a lot lighter and stronger. I've been catching a lot of balls in 7-on-7 drills and my teammates commented that I was a lot faster."

• A Clemson assistant is interviewing for the vacant South Florida linebackers coach position.

• The Charleston Gazette's Mitch Vingle checks in with West Virginia coordinators Jeff Mullen and Jeff Casteel about spring story lines to watch for the Mountaineers.